Surplus people and expendable children: The structure of apartheid and the mortality crisis in South Africa


Journal Article

South Africa's apartheid scheme is considered as a paradigm case for the creation and maltreatment of a putatively surplus population. Both active and passive policies are identified that are utilized to contain the numbers of the black population of the nation. Of particular significance is a strategy of neglect that has led to exceptionally high infant and child mortality rates in the "homelands." In addition, the South African authorities' efforts to destabilize neighboring regimes in Angola and Mozambique has had similarly adverse repercussions on mortality rates there. © 1987 Springer.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • De Gregori, TR; Darity, W

Published Date

  • March 1, 1987

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 47 - 62

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1936-4814

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0034-6446

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/BF02903729

Citation Source

  • Scopus